Collegium is pleased to announce its 2018 Call for Papers. In addition to papers on your current research, we invite papers on the theme of “American Exceptionalism: Religion, Identity, and Power.”
This theme invites us to explore the legacy of U.S. American identity as a “chosen nation” through the lenses of religious studies, ethics, theology, and history. In the midst of contemporary, political debates about American identity and values, this theme provides the opportunity for scholarly reflection on the relationship between theology and politics, religion and nationalism, identity and exceptionalism, and their relevance to the UU tradition and contemporary thinking.
For the conference, we are seeking both individual papers as well as group panels of interactive discussion or interrelated papers. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Any papers or projects that engage your particular interest broadly related to the Unitarian Universalist movement and tradition.
- The historical legacy of U.S. American colonialism and Protestant Christian hegemony.
- Theological constructions of American “chosenness” and its relationship to power.
- The ethical issues of defining belonging in the nation.
Presenters should submit a proposal online by June 1, 2018.
The proposals should include an abstract of 300-500 words and provide an overview of the presentation’s content. It should also include one or two sentences of biographical information about the presenter(s). Notification of whether or not a proposal has been accepted will be given by June 15, 2018. Upon acceptance, participants will receive information on uploading their abstract to the Collegium website. For questions, please contact Collegium Program Chair, Natalie Malter at firstname.lastname@example.org.